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Tales of Finndragon


Good morning all.

Today see’s the last blog tourΒ post for Richie Earl’s books, “The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse” & “Return to Finndragon’s Den”. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Richie for allowing us to beta read the books and letting us be part of the blog tour for the past few weeks.

As promised, we have a special interview today. If you’ve already read the books you will know this charactor very well. πŸ˜‰


Today on Orchard Book Club, we have a most unusual visitor. So please put your paws, er hands together for Bones, the faithful pet dog of Emma, Megan and Scott, who’s arrived fresh from his exploits in the cursed Kingdom of Morgannwg.

Question: Hello Bones, if you had a choice, would you prefer to live in the 6th or 21st century?
That’s an easy one. The 6th century is a great place for a dog, apart from the demon attacks that is. Emma, Megan and Scott never stop complaining about the food there. Well now they know how I feel. All I get in the 21st century is a bowl of rather bland, tasteless pellets of dried food twice a day, seven days a week. It doesn’t matter how much water I drink after eating it, my tongue is always as dry as a corgi’s coat. Ha ha ha haaaaaa. What? You don’t think that’s funny. I guess the joke’s lost in translation.

Since the first day we arrived in Castell y Mynydd, my diet has become far more varied. I’ve got to know one of the cooks at the palace, and he usually saves me a tasty morsel or two. Then there was the Feast of August celebration. Bow WOW WOW! I got more exercise that day, trying to intercept the food flying all around, than I get in a week back home. By the end, I was fuller than a Russian Doll. Ha Ha Haaaaaa.

Question: Finding your way to Castell a Mynydd nearly cost you your life. Tell us; what’s a near death experience like from a dog’s point of view?
It was absolutely terrifying. All my dinners flashed before my eyes and I thought I’d never eat anything again.

Question: No long tunnel of light?
No, just flashing dinners.

Question: Once you reached the Kingdom of Morgannwg, was there anything that scared you more than the demons?
I did worry quite a bit about whether we had enough food.

Question: What was the most terrifying moment for you, un-food-related that is?
There was one awful moment when I thought I might lose my little winky.

Question: er, uh, um, er …..moving on. You made lots of new friends during your adventures. Is there someone special amongst them?
King Dafydd’s cook was pretty special.

Question: Anyone else?
Well I did get on quite well with Gwayne, apart from the winky episode.

Question: Enough of the talk about your private parts. Now is there anyone else that you really liked?
Well I liked almost everyone, but I did have a little soft spot for Quack. She was the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met and funny too!

Question: Now that you’re famous, what’s next for Bones the Dog?
I’m not supposed to tell you this, because it’s top secret. I’ve been approached by BBC Wales, to replace Matt Smith when he hangs up his sonic screwdriver as Doctor Who for the last time.

If you haven’t already bought these two books (and i sincerely hope you have ;-)), you can buy them at the following links



To find out more about Richie, check out and like his Faacebook page


Thank you again to Richie for giving us all two fantastic books to read and spreading a little bit of magic πŸ˜‰

~Laura, Nicola & Simone~


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Return to Finndragon’s Den #2


Good Morning to all our followers.

We have another treat in store for you today. Today we are reviewing “Return to Finndragon’s Den” the sequel to the brilliant “The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse” by Richie Earl. And we don’t just have one review, but three. A few of us Orchard girlies had the pleasure of beta reading this book and we would like to thank Richie for giving us the opportunity to be part of something brilliant! πŸ™‚


Review Time πŸ™‚

Review done by Laura

The much awaited sequel to The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

We catch up with Emma, Scott & Megan in their quest to try and find their father again after he was trapped in the medieval world at the end of the 1st book. With the help of a few old characters like Gwayne, Geraint & Evan and some new friends the children have made in the time they have spent in the medieval world, their all come together to try and defeat the evil Finndragon once and for all.

Will the curse be broken in time to save the children and the kingdom or will Finndragon’s curse live on forever?

This is definitely a must read for all you Harry Potter fans. The story had me gripped from the start and I couldn’t wait to find out how the story would unfold. There was plenty of “ooohhss” & “arrrrs” & “OMG’s” from me. The imagination that has gone into this book is spectacular and Richie Earl should be very proud of himself for these books.


Review done by Nicola

As a club we were asked to beta read this book, we had never done this before but I must say I really enjoyed it. I was a bit worried about offending the author with my views but he took everything in his stride and I’m really looking forward to reading the final version and seeing what, if any, changes he made πŸ™‚

After reading book 1 I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next instalment and wondered if it would carry on from where the first left off, the author didn’t disappoint me on this.
The Davies children are “whisked” back to the past in the second vain attempt to save their father and their new friends from the evil clutches of Finndragon. Will good triumph over evil or will the land lay in darkness of eternity?

I preferred the second book out of the two as I found it had more action and kept my attention, not that the first one didn’t. The author didn’t lack on the detail when describing a location (the discription of the meadow was fantastic!) or a person which I like, it’s all in the detail people!
The whole story was easy to follow and I couldn’t seem to put it down, I was a little bit gutted to see it end…… But like all good things, they must come to an end. If you like the fantasy aspect of a book then this is a book I would highly recommend to you.

Richie Earl seems to have the flair with the fantasy side of a story and I hope to see and read more of his stuff even if he decides to venture away from his genre. A very well earned 5 golden apples from me πŸ™‚


Review done by Simone

I was involved in beta reading this book and absolutely loved it. πŸ™‚

This story is a continuation of the first. The siblings find themselves, once again, being transported into the magical medieval world. However, lots has changed since their last visit, and the children find that they must familiarise themselves with the unexpected, all the while fighting to save their father in a bid to finally bring him home.

Will the children succeed this time around? Is time on their side? Will the final battle prove too much for the young trio or will they never find a way to return home as a family?

A captivating read!

I really enjoyed this story. It follows on perfectly from the first, bringing back old characters, but also introducing the new.

The magic and mystery is ever present, whilst the plot is action packed, full of unexpected twists.

And you are definatly left wondering, thinking and asking questions!!

I would recommend this story- a must if you have read the first!!


Join us again next Wednesday for our final post on this blog tour. We will have all the links for both books and an interview, with who you might ask, well you are just going to have check back with us next week to find out more πŸ˜‰

~Laura, Nicola & Simone~

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The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse #1


Welcome back to week 2 of Richie Earl’s The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse #1 and I do believe it’s review time! πŸ™‚

We have a treat for you all today as we don’t have one review but three reviwes below – Just goes to show how much us girlies loved this book πŸ™‚


Review done by Laura

The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is the first of a two part story which follows three children on a quest to find their father who has mysteriously disappeared.

The children are shocked to discover that an ancient curse, dating back centuries and said to have been brought about by the powerful Finndragon, is true. Finndragon’s curse brought terrible misery to the kingdom of Castell y Mynydd.

It is prophesised that the three children are the only ones who are able save the medieval kingdom and break the terrible curse. As the children are taken to a whole new world their never believed existed, will they find their father and break Finndragon’s curse or will they be trapped forever at Finndragon’s mercy?

A thoroughly fantastic read and had me gripped from the start! Richie is right in what he puts in his blurb…”it’s certainly a rollercoaster of emotions that will make you laugh and then cry”.

A must read for everyone! πŸ™‚


Review done by Nicola

Ever wondered what it would be like to fall down the Rabbit hole and meet the Mad Hatter ? Or find Narnia in the back of your wardrobe ? We all dream of such tales of adventure but what happens when the tale becomes reality? Would you take the plunge or run and hide? Could you face the uncertain ?

This is what lies ahead for the 3 Davies Children……….. Can they help save a lost kingdom from the evil grasp of Finndragon while trying to save themselves and their missing Father ? It’s a race against time for the Children but they do have Magic and Technology on their side!

To say this is Richie Earl’s first book WOW!!

This story has more twists and turns than I know what to do with! Its fast paced, exciting and leaves you wanting more (but that’s for book 2 πŸ˜‰ )

The description of locations, people and demons were very detailed and I never struggled with picturing the scene. My favourite character has to be Bones the dog, why? Well you will have to read The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse to find out!


Review done by Simone

I absolutely loved this book! It is a tale packed full of fantasy and magic and I really didn’t want to put it down.

The plot explores the lives of 3 siblings who are magically transported into a medieval kingdom where they find that have to fight an evil wizard in order to break his curse and save their missing father – all in a race against the clock.

The children encounter demons, powerful wizards, danger, death and even love throughout their adventure. They find themselves overcoming obstacles and problems they would never have dreamt about having to deal with in their usual, everyday, modern lifestyles.

The characters are very well developed, and the plot has lots of exciting twists and turns. The story is fast paced and a definite page turner – you really won’t want to put it down!!

As an adult, I loved this book. I found myself genuinely feeling the emotions experienced by the characters. Obviously, this may not suit every adult, dependant on personal taste, but it was right up my street – if you enjoy stories about magic and mystery, you will love this.

I would say however that the story it suited 100% to teenagers and young adults.

Very highly recommended.


To find out more about this book and its author click on the link below


To buy this book now, click on the following links

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Legend-Finndragons-Curse-Finndragon-ebook/dp/B006P9M5KI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369168293&sr=8-1&keywords=the+legend+of+finndragon

Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/Legend-Finndragons-Curse-Finndragon-ebook/dp/B006P9M5KI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369168388&sr=8-1&keywords=the+legend+of+finndragons+curse

Also up for grabs is an ecopy of The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse #1, enter below

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Check back with us again next week for reviews of Book 2 ~ Definately not to be missed πŸ™‚

Laura, Nicola & Simone


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